Eyed Brown

Melissa Blue Fine Art I’m really enjoying getting to hang out at the farmer’s market every Wednesday afternoon. For so many years I was out in the field every day, covering miles, soaking up images I’d one day want to paint. Nowadays I’m grateful for the chair on the sidewalk, a new canvas on myContinue reading “Eyed Brown”

The Butterfly Monitors

The Butterfly Monitors My grand opening was this past Saturday. It was attended by my family and a few close friends~what a special day and thank you to all of you who came! When the dust was settled we looked at each other with wild eyes:”Did YOU take pictures???” Nope. None of us did. Ah,Continue reading “The Butterfly Monitors”

Chicago Botanic Garden Irises

Here is a happy splash of color to celebrate spring. I’ve been wanting to push myself past a merely narrative style with my work, and make it more playful. Also, I have been inspired by the wonderful photographs you all share. I’ve been struck by color combinations that I wanted to try out. For thisContinue reading “Chicago Botanic Garden Irises”

Light Catcher

In the back corner of my garden there lives an old apple tree. There isn’t much left of it and a wet snow this winter took down another big section of it. Still, I love that tree and enjoy the woodpeckers  who like to visit it now.  One afternoon last summer I came across thisContinue reading “Light Catcher”

Rollins Prairie Restoration

Rollins Prairie Restoration I’ve mentioned Rollins Savanna before in this blog. Here is one of my favorite stretches of the trail. You can see the magnificent white oaks in the distance. There is nothing quite like an open-grown oak, with room to spread wide its arching limbs. In the middle ground is the result ofContinue reading “Rollins Prairie Restoration”

Blazing Stars to Racine Art Museum

http://www.zhibit.org/melissabluefineart A couple of summers ago the Blazing Stars blazed brightly at Illinois Beach State Park.  They made a spectacular show, and I’m so glad I was there to witness it.  My soul is happiest when I am able to drink deeply of the beauty I find in one special place, and it has beenContinue reading “Blazing Stars to Racine Art Museum”

Hickory Tree Along the Des Plaines River

http://www.zhibit.org/melissabluefineart This seems like a good morning to look back, while I wait for the snow to melt and for things to green up.  And other things to start flying around and biting (sigh)  🙂 Fifty years ago the Lake County Forest Preserve District voted to preserve a green corridor along the Des Plaines River. Continue reading “Hickory Tree Along the Des Plaines River”

Killdeer at Illinois Beach State Park

http://www.zhibit.org/melissabluefineart The dress is white and gold. Or at least, I was pretty sure of it.  Last night my son and I were bantering about the silly things we find online, and that dress was one of the things we were chuckling about.  He brought up the image, and it was clearly white and gold. Continue reading “Killdeer at Illinois Beach State Park”

Redtail Hunting

http://www.zhibit.org/melissabluefineart Do you remember the first time you encountered a hawk?  I do.  DDT had just about wiped out our birds of prey so the world I emerged into was quieter than it should have been.  My family and I moved to a rural corner of northern Illinois in 1974.  On the one hand, itContinue reading “Redtail Hunting”

Opuntia humifusa

One of the coolest things about Illinois Beach State Park is the incredible array of plant species it boasts.  I am fascinated by the different forms that plants can take, and thought a series of pen and ink drawings would serve to highlight that.  Here is my most recent drawing, of Prickly Pear Cactus.  ItContinue reading “Opuntia humifusa”

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